UBJP-Southern Mindanao Region holds Meeting to Discuss Ways forward

The United Bangsamoro Justice Party- Southern Mindanao Region held meeting in General Santos City last September 29, 2017. The said meeting was graced by its Vice President Mohagher M. Iqbal who is also the Chairman of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel. 

The activity was participated by the five Chief Executive Officers and the Regional Staff of the UBJP-Southern Mindanao.

UBJP-Southern Mindanao is composed of the three provinces of Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato and Sarangani, and two cities of Tacurong and General Santos. It has an active members and officers of around seven hundred which was manifested during its Founding Assembly last December 10-13, 2017 held at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat.

Iqbal briefed the participants regarding the updates on the implementation of the peace agreement between the GPH and the MILF where specifically pointed some salient points on the status and progress of the BBL in the Congress both in Lower House and in the Senate. 

He said, “We are hopeful that the 17th Congress will pass a good and acceptable BBL to the MILF”. “What we are seeing now is that there are many members of the Congress interested in sponsoring the BBL crafted by the 21-member of the new BTC in the Duterte Administration,” he added.

However, he also reminded the Chief Executive Officers and Regional Staff of the UBJP-Southern Mindanao that, “Our Bangsamoro struggle for self-determination which the United Nations charter has put forward, to freely determine our political status and freely pursue our economic and socio-cultural development”. On this note, he said, “whether a good and unacceptable BBL is passed by the 17th Congress we have to continue asserting our basic rights stipulated in the UN Charter.

The more than two hours meeting was concluded with ways forward to strengthen further the UBJP-Southern Mindanao region.